CASE 12: Jizô Plants the Rice Field

Jizô asked Shuzanshu, “Where have you come from?’ Shuzanshu said, “I have come from
the South.” Jizô said, “How is Buddhism in the South these days?” Shuzanshu said,
“There is much lively discussion.” Jizô said, “How could that match with our planting the
rice field here and making rice-balls to eat?” Shuzanshu said, “How could you then save the
beings of the Three Worlds?” Jizô said, “What do you call ‘the Three Worlds’?”

Beat Writers at Work by Paris Review

This was great. I really liked the Kerouac, Olson, and Kesey articles. Kerouac was old, bitter, and very random. Olson would not answer a question no matter what & actually got frustrated with the interview process. Kesey said a lot of kind hearted things and was very respectful.

The Ginsberg class was awesome. I learned a lot about being serious and spontaneous at the same time.

The final two articles on Rosset (of Grove Press) and Ferlinghetti (of city lights) were more about publishing then writing. I would have like to have seen them replaced with maybe Ed Sanders and someone from the west coast–Brother Antonius would have obviously be fantastic.

Over all this was an amazingly good read.

CASE 11: Unmon’s "Two Diseases"

Great Master Unmon said, “When the light does not penetrate, there are two diseases. Everything is unclear and things hang before you – this is one disease. Even after you have realized the emptiness of all things, somehow you feel as if there were still something there. This shows that the light has not yet penetrated thoroughly. “Also there are two diseases concerning the Dharma-body. You have reached the Dharma-body, but you remain attached to the Dharma and cannot extinguish your own view; therefore you lead a corrupt life around the Dharma-body – this is one disease. Suppose you have truly penetrated to the end, if you give up further efforts, it will not do. You examine yourself minutely and say you have no flaw — this is nothing but a disease.”